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Work continues apace on the Bristol Old Vic redevelopment

02 | November | 2017

Work is continuing apace on the redevelopment of Bristol Old Vic theatre. The project is another cooperation between Architects Haworth Tompkins and Gilbert-Ash, who previously worked together on the 2014 Stirling Prize winning Everyman Theatre.

When the Bristol Old Vic’s new foyer opens in summer 2018, the theatre’s facade will be able to be seen from King Street for the very first time in its proud history. Earlier this year, Gilbert-Ash undertook demolition of the existing front façade of the building, exposing the original theatre which dates from the 1700’s, for the first time in a couple of centuries.


Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. It’s a history that can now be traced through its beautiful walls and the exposed brickwork of the original theatre; a rich heritage that visitors will be able to appreciate better than ever when the front of house areas reopen.

The project also includes a new studio theatre and the refurbishment of the magnificent 18th Century Coopers' Hall, which will be returned to its original purpose as a grand communal room for the city.

Watch the time lapse video below to see how the front façade was removed to reveal the original theatre.